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About me

Wha's worrying you?  The pandemic has affected so many of us - losing a loved one to the virus and be grieving, or your job may have suddenly ended, leaving you with fears about how to pay the bills.  Or the months of lockdown may have left you feeling anxious, depressed, sleeping poorly or drinking too much.

I know that thinking about counselling is a big step. It can be daunting to think that you're going to reveal your innermost thoughts to a stranger. I am an experienced counsellor who will listen to you and try to understand your worries and fears without judging you.

What happens in counselling? Counselling can help explain why we think and behave in the ways we do – often repeating patterns that don’t help us. A counsellor does not give advice, instead, they help you to untangle your problems so that you can live life more easily.

About me: I am an experienced counsellor and a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).  I trained as an integrative counsellor, which means I can draw on different counselling models to help people.

Where I work:  At the moment, I offer online counselling only using Zoom.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care (specialising in Substance Misuse)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Master's Degree in Cultural Studies
  • First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Cultural Studies
  • I am an experienced Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British
  • Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). Find out more here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/


  • I have counselled people struggling with addictions – alcohol, drugs, online gambling – as well as their partners
  • I have worked as a counsellor with ASCA (Addiction, Support and Care Agency) in Surbiton
  • I have counselled young adults struggling with anxiety.
  • I have worked as an in-house counsellor at an alcohol/drug rehab service in Surrey.
  • I have knowledge and understanding of Twelve Step Fellowship programmes (eg AA)
  • I have experience of working with women who are questioning their sexuality, wondering if they are gay or lesbian, and what that might mean for their lives
  • I have extensive experience of supporting people with mental health issues – eg depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and dissociative disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder).

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Addiction to alcohol/drugs/online gambling
  • Anger management for men

Therapies offered

  • Integrative

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I charge £55.00 per session.

Payment is via BACS

I work as a counsellor with Employee Assistantance Programme, Spill.

I am an approved practitioner with Vitality Health Insurance

Further information

How do I book an appointment?
Email me (b.riddell@hotmail.co.uk) or phone/text me on 07906 576167. Don't forget to leave your first name and a phone number, and check your Junk Mail for my email reply.  I know how frustrating it can be when you want help NOW but just get a voicemail message, but I will get back to you within 24 hours.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Day, evening & weekends

I work online using Zoom

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Barbara Riddell, Counsellor

Barbara Riddell, Counsellor